JR Devera

As part of the CRANK Digital Marketing fam for a few years, JR is an important team player who assists with all things social media, blogging, transcription, and more.

When he’s not flexing his social media skills at work, you might find him reading on his Kindle and Kobo, binge-watching YouTube and Netflix, and streaming music on Spotify — all with dog Milo at his side. He also loves spending time with his family — especially his nieces and nephews — and traveling. New York City, Paris, Kyoto, and Bali are some of his favorite travel destinations. Post-pandemic, he wants to visit Central America and South America.


Murugan is a motivated, personable business professional with more than 15 years of experience as a project management consultant, technology consultant, and developer. He is well-versed in project management methodologies, process engineering, customer relationship management, risk management, project planning, team building, communication, and technical implementations of software projects, network operating systems, and web development projects.

Murugan, with over 300 successfully managed projects, got his start in project management through nonprofit management and soon found that he had a knack for setting deadlines and objectives to attain a larger goal. He shines in identifying problems, implementing solutions, and establishing a standardized process for development, documentation, and quality assurance.

Murugan holds a Master of Computer Applications from Anna University and has completed many technical training programs.


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Holger Obenaus is an award winning, nationally published, Hi-Impact Commercial and Editorial Photographer. He specializes in Architectural Photography, Interior Design Photography, Food Photography and Product Photography.

Early in his career Holger recognized the importance of technology in his approach. To achieve his signature look of Understated Elegance, Holger developed a unique approach to combine the unmatched beauty of traditional Large Format Film Photography with the versatility and convenience of state-of-the-art Digital Technology. His meticulous workflow incorporates the artistic use of natural and artificial light. Holger’s never-ending quest for perfection led to close relationships with the best innovators in the industry: Phase One, Broncolor and Linhof. Although he is a master in post-production, Holger strongly believes in “Getting it right in the camera.”

The Result: Timeless Iconic images of stunning beauty, masterfully crafted one at a time.


Casey is a visual design wizard with over 14 years of experience. It’s Casey’s job to come up with the visual concepts that bring your online marketing to life. Casey is always busy creating – whether she’s designing logos or graphics, refinishing furniture, or growing things – she’s not waiting by the phone for her two grown sons to call (hint, hint – call your mother). Casey lives in Summerville with her partner, Clint, and enjoys bicycling around her adopted little home town.


Robin Howard is the resident copywriter for CRANK Digital Marketing Authority. Robin has a B.A. in anthropology, an M.P.A. in public affairs, and more than 20 years of professional marketing and technical writing under her belt. Before moving to Charleston, Robin served as a vice president of marketing and global director of e-marketing for global tech companies.

Robin is known for writing succinct, sincere copy that highlights the client’s strengths – and is expertly optimized for SEO. She is an expert on topics that range from interior design and lifestyle, to engineering, technology, healthcare, law, and finance.

Robin has written for the Wall Street Journal, Worth Magazine, and many other high-profile publications and international brands.

When Robin isn’t writing, she is racing sailboats in the Charleston harbor or walking her herd of rescue dogs on the beach.


Devyn Ray is the Director of Operations of CRANK Digital Marketing Authority. She knows that the power of a secure website that has been expertly optimized cannot be overstated. She also believes that every client deserves to have a site that shows off their passion while growing their bottom line.

Devyn has a decade of experience in web design and social media management. If you can’t find her at home with a good book, then she’s taken a trip to one of the beautiful South Carolina beaches or lakes with her husband.

Devyn is certified in Google Analytics, is a Yext Certified Professional, Hootsuite Social Media Certified, has a BA in Business Administration, and a Certification in Computer Programming.


With a career spanning over three decades marketing for multimillion-dollar firms across the US, Europe & Eastern Europe, Cynthia Newman is the founder and CEO of CRANK Digital Marketing Group LLC, a minority-owned, SBA-Certified Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) including HUBZone and SC DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certifications.

By leveraging the power of technology and the art of communications, Newman is passionate about helping her clients’ grow their businesses through targeted internet marketing communications and strategic online marketing plans that consistently rank and convert. She is an expert at strategic internet marketing processes and multi-cultural project management.

Newman serves as the VP of Marketing & Communications for the Suncoast Chapter of AUSA and as the Director of Communications for the Patton Foundation.

Newman holds a Masters of International Business with a focus on International Marketing from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business and earned her BA in French, German & Business from the College of Charleston.